Seeing increased demand between Singapore-Kuala Lumpur (KUL), AirAsia Group plans to add two more daily flights, this time using the Airbus A330-300.

The widebody aircraft belongs to the LCC’s long-haul subsidiary AirAsia X, which will add 377 more seats per sector, an increase of 197 seats. Currently, all 9X-daily Singapore-KUL services are flown with the group’s A320, which seats 180 passengers.

This year, the LCC has carried over 1 million passengers on Singapore-KUL sector—24% are Singapore passport holders—and recorded a 4% year-on-year increase.

“As part of the effort to ease overwhelming demand, AirAsia [is doubling] up the seating capacity with the addition of close to 400 seats per day through the operation of its widebody aircraft,” AirAsia said in a statement.

This announcement also comes a day after Singapore and Malaysia Airlines announced a partnership agreement that will see revenue sharing service between the two cities.

“As a low-cost carrier, our aircraft utilization hour for the A330 fleet is around 15 to 16 hours a day,” an AirAsia spokesperson said. “Many of our medium to long-haul departure times are early morning and evening. By deploying our A330 for a shorter route like Kuala Lumpur-Singapore in the day time will not impact our current schedule and in fact, improves our aircraft utilization.” 

Chen Chuanren, chuanren@purplelightvisuals.com